After seeing the ever present request for boy's underwear on the Amazing GRACE Weekly newsletter week after week, GRACE supporter Tammy Nicodemus just had to ask the question. "How many packages, or pairs, of underwear would it take to get it off the list for one week?", she wrote in an email. After posing the question to Dina Pesina of the GRACE Clothing Room, we arrived at an answer...350!
During the clothing room's busy season, which is coming up, we will distribute 150 children's clothing packets per week. Each packet will contain 5 pair of undies. About 54% of our children are boys, so we will give out approximately 350 pairs of boys underwear in various sizes in a week.
Since underwear is one of the items we distribute that must be "new", our only sources for them are to purchase them ourselves or count on folks to donate them. For some reason, we receive as much as three times as many donations of girls' underwear. We're not sure why.
Then, Tammy had the idea to look for a wholesale source from which GRACE could purchase to perhaps bring down the cost and help cash donations go further. After a little research, she has identified a company through which Hanes distributes their merchandise and it appears that GRACE will be able to take advantage of this wholesale opportunity.
So, we'd like to thank Tammy for not only finding this wholesale opportunity, but it turns out that she also requested that her recent birthday party attendees bring boy's underwear instead of presents! Through her party, they collected nearly 25 packages of "Birthday Underwear" as they came to be known.
We'd also like to encourage others to consider if the business that they are in might have opportunities for GRACE to access items or services at discounted or wholesale rates. If you come up with an idea or you'd like more information or ideas, please click here to let us know.